Theater Department of STA & Visitation

Theatrical opportunities abound for Saint Thomas Academy and Convent of the Visitation School students. Involvement in VISTA Productions allows you to apply your scholastic knowledge while nurturing your creative talents. We offer a wide variety of theatrical productions ranging from classical works such as Shakespeare to contemporary pieces by national and local playwrights.

Our season also includes instruction in comedy improvisation techniques, dance and choreography, with numerous opportunities for student leadership in the creative and production process. Every year, we strive to design a season that challenges and enlightens our students while helping them discover their talents.

2013-14 Season

Wendy Short-Hays and Elliott Hays, directors of VISTA Productions, are excited about new collaborations with the STEM departments at both schools, and also the opportunity to bring everyone's favorite ogre to the DeSales Auditorium stage. Learn more about VISTA Productions opportunities for you—including acting, singing, scenic and technichal crews.

Gifts of the Magi, the Musical


Music by Randy Courts; Lyrics by Mark St. Germain and Randy Courts
Based on two classic short stories by O. Henry, this heartwarming and funny musical is a wonderful welcome to begin the holiday season. Great treat for the entire family!
November 8, 9, 15, 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
November 10 and 17 @ 2:00 p.m.
Adults $10 / Students and Seniors $5

Variety Show





All STA and Visitation students, faculty, and staff are invited to showcase their talents at the annual Variety Show!
January 10 and 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
All tickets are $10, benefitting the VISTA Fine and Performing Arts

Full Circle Show — Full STEAM!





A student-created collaboration intersects science, technology, engineering, and math with the art of dance. The VISTA Improv Team brings just the right dynamic variable to this creative equation.
January 31, February 1 @7:30 p.m.
February 2 @ 2:00 p.m.
Adults $10 / Students and Seniors $5

Shrek the Musical



Book by David Lindsay-Abaire; Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire
Shrek the Ogre, joined by new best friend Donkey, sets off on a quest to rescue the beautiful and saucy Princess Fiona. Short on stature, but not on ego, Lord Farquaad has banished all fairyland "misfits" from his kingdom, awaits Shrek's return with the princess. This hilarious quest is great fun for the whole family!
May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 @ 7:30 p.m.
May 11 @ 2:00 p.m.
Adults $10 / Students and Seniors $5